Exit Interview: Amy Barrett Lennard, PICA

A veteran arts leader signs off after 16 years in a career-defining role.
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In 2006, when Amy Barrett Lennard was appointed Director of Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) – Perth’s most prominent contemporary arts space – she had already notched up an impressive career in the visual arts, working for some years in London during the notorious Young British Artists (YBA) years, and in Melbourne as the Director of Linden Centre for Contemporary Art (now Linden New Art).

After 16 years as PICA’s Director, Barrett Lennard views this particular leadership role, which has not been without its challenges, as her most rewarding to date.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).